day 1620 – game ready


first game back in league action after a three month haul of rehabbing and a lot of waiting. it was a painful process that i never want to go through again but i’m glad it’s behind me now. i’ve long for this day to come and i’ll admit i had butterflies leading up to arriving at the rink. stepping on the ice for my first shift was a little strange and that comes with no surprise. the calibration process didn’t take long; i felt much better and adjusted even on my second shift. perhaps getting the adrenaline going and focusing on the game itself got my legs back under me. it feels so awesome to be officially back in game action and no signs of ill-effects coming from my hand. the happiness that’s running through my body well after the game will probably keep me up, but i have a good reason to smile and points to show for

day 1486 – five star 

img_20200203_1544403600920598371212775.jpgjust got confirmation that my fifth star has been added to the team hd hat. the amount of stars beside my name is a pretty good display of what i have accomplished thus far. i’m proud of the improvement and success i had in my first full year, but also not settling for anything less than what i can be. i’m predicted to continue to grow as a hockey player, but where that growth and progress takes place is not yet determined

day 1482 – playoff pump

DSC_3604was super pumped for my playoff game and ready to play hard as i took my freshly retaped stick and sharpened skates to the rink. i played the strongest game i possibly could and had the firepower from the very beginning with a goal and an assist to show for. i skated on the top line, earned myself powerplay time and also awarded player of the game. even though the loss tonight ended the chick’s season, there’s still tons to take away from this season. i have taken great strides this past season and it’s really an accomplishment when the guys in the locker room nominated me as most improved player. better yet, even guys i play against are acknowledging my the progress i’ve shown

day 1378 – recoil

found my blue jersey just in time for spring season opener tonight. it was a fun game, getting our first win of the season helps. my ribcage feels so aggravated i had to pop more tylenols. it’s not a good sign when even lying down hurts. the constant recoil is a concern because it’s never been so unstable before. it’s calling for another visit to the chiropractor office this week. i’m starting to think the whiplash from the car accident jolted something out of place without me knowing it. i’m starting go feel like

day 1314 – playoff scrums

img_20200204_1620511300075651743192785.jpgstarting the monday grind with overtime at work, a workout and dodgeball before my first ever playoff hockey game. i got into more scrums and battles because playoff hockey gets rougher. i received a good centering pass but very mad i put the puck over top of the net instead of in the back of the net. i can’t stop thinking about how i didn’t capitalize; it could have been the difference maker as we lost 3-2

day 1286 – ice level 

img_20200204_1634461991975510875310832.jpgalmost two weeks since my last chicks game but there’s two late ones scheduled this week. we had a terribly short bench rolling with two lines; that means more ice time for all. i felt i should’ve played better but was too gased by the third period. it’s scary how fast my rookie season has gone by; it’s nearing the end of the season and playoffs are just around the corner

day 1254 – new stick

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it’s a pity i made it all the way to the gym but had to turn around because my sugar level dropped pretty low. instead, i went home and hope it will be resolved by feeding myself. when i did feel better, i started fiddling with my sticks to get amped up. i’m stoked to play my first game of the year with a new stick tonight. i think the nexus will be a good transitional stick especially with the change in flex. i’m turning my tacks into a backup. it also gives me a chance to try out different curves

day 1242 – season stat

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at the halfway mark of my chicks and sticks season so it’s a good time to do a midseason evaluation for myself. happy to see the stats beside number sixteen has grown. i’ve done just about everything in my rookie season – score, assist, block shots, get cross-checked, bodycheck and even get two player of the game. i’ve witnessed my teammates going the extra mile to back me up when someone takes a run at me from behind. looking forward to the second half of the season. one thing i must do better of is keeping my gloves on my hand

day 1224 – put on ice

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the drive to the rink was icy, but i wanted to play my game after writing my final exam and handing in the term project that made me sacrifice games the past two weeks. the final was confusing but i walked out and glad to be done. on the ice, a guy nailed me from behind with a cross check. i was fine and got up immediately to stay in the play but my teammates were sticking up for me. glad to know they got my back and didn’t take exception to a nasty hit. i can feel my battery is pretty depleted; not much energy left in me but i still got good chances and best of all my team came out on top

day 1197 – first career goal

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i’m officially on the stat sheet with my first career goal and seven games into the season. the goal was hugely satisfying as i roofed it over the goalie; he probably underestimated my ability to lift the puck off the ice. i had a strong game with good chances which earned me player of the game. the referee was quick to give me the game played puck and i didn’t waste any time in labelling it. it was a busy and productive running around town; i need more days like this and i need to remind myself to keep my spirit high